FBI reportedly looking into pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin
Bevin pardoned and commuted the sentences of more than 650 people during his final weeks in office, including a man convicted of homicide whose brother held a campaign fundraiser for Bevin; reaction from trial attorney Brad Micklin.
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BE RELATED TO THE MISSING KIDS. >> CHRISTINA COLEMAN, THANK YOU. >> THE FBI REPORTEDLY LOOKING INTO SOME CONTROVERSIAL PARDONS BY KENTUCKY'S FORMER GOVERNOR. THAT ACCORDING TO THE LOUISVILL COURIER NOR NEWSPAPER. HE IS UNDER FIRE FOR BARGAINING AND COMMUTING THE SENTENCES OF MORE THAN 650 PEOPLE THREE WEEK AGO JUST BEFORE HE LEFT OFFICE AFTER LOSING A REELECTION BID. AMONG THOSE HE PARDONED WAS A MAN CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE WHOSE BROTHER HELD A CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER FOR BEVAN BACK IN 2018. THAT MAN INSIST THERE IS NO CONNECTION. >> I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. BEVAN FOR LOOKING INTO THIS AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY DUG INTO THIS AND DID THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION. HOPEFULLY YOU ALL COULD MAYBE LOOK INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT TOO. I AM INNOCENT. THE PARDON WAS NEVER PAID FOR B MY FAMILY. COMMENTS AND SO KIND TO TELL YO THAT. >> LET'S BRING IN TRIAL ATTORNE BRAD MCGLYNN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. >> BAKER HAD SERVED TWO OUT OF 19 YEARS SENTENCES, TWO YEARS SERVED AND HE GETS OFF, WHAT YO MAKE OF THAT? >> PARDONS COME UNDER A LOT OF SCRUTINY BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF THE POLITICS, THERE'S ALWAYS A LOT OF PERSONAL GAIN BEHIND THEM . YOU LOOK INTO ONE WE SAW BILL CLINTON PARDON HIS OWN BROTHER. HERE WE HAVE A GOVERNOR WHO LOS REELECTION RETURNING ALMOST 700 VIOLENT CRIMINALS TO THE STREET AND PEOPLE ARE WONDERING IF THA WAS MORE MOTIVATED BY SPITE AND POLITICAL GAIN. >> IN THIS CASE, THEY SAY THAT THE FAMILY HAD RAISED $21,000 FOR BEVAN'S CAMPAIGN IN 2018. HE ENDS UP LOSING REELECTION, BUT YOU'VE GOT THAT YOUNG MAN WHO WAS ACCUSED IN CONVICTED OF A PRETTY NASTY CRIME HERE. RECKLESS HOMICIDE AND ROBBERY O A MAN IN FRONT OF HIS FAMILY. HE SERVES TO END HE GETS OFF. IS THERE ANYTHING, CAN INVESTIGATORS FIND SOMETHING HERE THAT COULD LEAD TO SOME KIND OF CRIMINAL CASE? >> PEOPLE SAY THE BEST PLACE TO HIDE A NEEDLE IS NOT IN THE HAYSTACK BUT WITH NEEDLES. MAYBE HE REALLY 650 PEOPLE TO HIDE THIS ONE. EVEN IF HE DID, THE RIGHT TO PARDON, KENTUCKY FALLS UNDER TH KENTUCKY STATE CONSTITUTION NOT THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION PART THERE'S ALMOST NO LIMITATION OF A GOVERNOR TO DO IT IS DOING. >> THERE'S NO WAY THAT COULD FOUND TO BE SOME KIND OF AN ABUSE OF POWER? I CAN'T IMAGINE. IT SEEMS LIKE IF THEY COULD PROVE IF IT WAS PAID TO PLAY THERE, THAT WOULD BE SOME KIND OF ABUSE OF POWER. >> NOT AGAINST THE GOVERNOR. THE STATE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS PROSECUTION FOR BRIBERY. IF THEY DID GET THEIR SON OR FAMILY MEMBER RELEASED, THEY COULD BE PROSECUTED, THE, BUT THE GOVERNOR IS WELL WITHIN HIS AUTHORITY TO PARDON. >> HERE IS A STATEMENT FROM MAT BEVAN HIMSELF THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY. THE STATEMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS THAT THE FINANCIAL OR POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS PLAYED A PART IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ARE BOTH HIGHLY OFFENSIVE AND ENTIRELY FAULTS TO REPEAT SUCH UNCORROBORATED RUMORS AND LIES IS REPREHENSIBLE. TELL ME, SIR, WHY LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION IF YOU SAY THERE' NO WAY TO REALLY FIND ANYTHING AGAINST MATT BEVAN, WHY ARE THE LOOKING AT IT? >> POLITICS ARE SO MOTIVATED BY INVESTIGATIONS. I DON'T WANT TO TURN THIS INTO FEDERAL ISSUE, BUT EVERY TIME THERE'S A QUESTION OF RIGHT OR WRONG, YOU WANT AN INVESTIGATION . THE CONSTITUTION VERY CLEAR WHE IT COMES TO PARDONS THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT PRETTY IF A REAC PERSON KILL SOMEBODY, AND SENDS $10 MILLION TO THE LEADER OF TH COUNTRY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE PARDONS HIM , THAT PARDON IS LEGITIMATE? >> ABSOLUTELY. BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS BRAYED THE INDIVIDUAL CAN BE PROSECUTED FOR BRIBERY, BUT NOT THE OFFICIAL WHO IS GRANTING TH PARDON.